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Cocktails for a CURE

The Besner Family hosted their first Cocktails for a CURE fundraiser in New York City at the Hudson Terrace nightclub on the evening of September 15.  The event was such a success that they hope to continue it annually.

And it's all because of Willa! 

Diagnosed shortly after her 4th birthday, Willa lives with type 1 diabetes.  Beautiful and brave, this 10-year-old girl isn't just waiting for a cure...she's aiming for it. 

She sold bracelets to friends and family, and personally made a donation of $43 in cash.  Way to go, Willa!

Willa's parents Leslie Hsu and Greg Besner, and even little sister Lana, 8, are all doing their part.  The family organized Cocktails for a CURE, which featured wine and spirits, fabulous food, music and dancing.  They were honored that more than 200 friends and family joined them in their fight for a cure.

Willa and Leslie visited the DRI a few weeks later to deliver a donation from the Willa's Wish Foundation for $30,000.  According to Greg, next year will be "an even bigger event and an even bigger donation!"

>>Watch video from Willa and Leslie's tour of the DRI

Thanks Besner family!

The Besner Family
Lana, Willa, Leslie and Greg Besner want nothing more than to find a cure for Willa and the millions living with diabetes.
Willa in front of the DRI
Willa visits the DRI in Miami to learn firsthand where her hard-earned money is going.
Willa looks at cells under the microscope
Willa views cells under a microscope.  You can feel the HOPE in her heart!
Willa and Leslie hear from Dr. Antonello Pileggi
Willa and Leslie visit the laboratory of the DRI's Dr. Antonello Pileggi, among others.
Willa presents the cash she raised for the Diabetes Research Institute
Willa presents the cash she raised on her own, as well as a check from her foundation to the DRIF's Robert A. Pearlman, president and CEO.
Willa displays Dr. RiCUREdi and a certificate of appreciation
Smiles all around as Willa displays her certificate of appreciation and her Dr. RiCUREdi bear with the DRI's Dr. Luca Inverardi at her side.
Cocktails for a Cure invitation
An enticing invitation helped attract approximately 200 guests.
Leslie Hsu poses for paparazzi with Lana and Willa
Pose for the paparazzi, Lana, Leslie and Willa!
Dancing the night away at Cocktails for a CURE
Joseph David and Kerry O'Brien Steffen dance the night away!
Greg Besner and the guys
Erik Moore, Greg Besner and Arthur Black enjoy the night's festive vibe.
Yo Deejay!
The D.J. kept everyone on their feet.

Happy couples at Cocktails for a CURE
A great time was had by all.

Amber Hsu
Walter Hsu gets a hug on the couch from Amber Hsu. 
The lovely Michelles at Cocktail for a Cure
Michelle Griffin Trotter and Michelle Minus Swittenberg looking lovely as ever.
Leslie Hsu and Greg Besner at Cocktails for a CURE
Great party, Leslie Hsu and Greg Besner!  

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